For the past 10 years I have been using the same tower PC case, and it has seen several motherboards, lots of hard drives and optical drives, and especially PCI cards. The screw holes in the frame have been stressed so much they don't hold the boards in tight enough. Ditto the drive rails. It's time for a new case.
A few months ago I bought a new power supply, so all I needed was the bare case. So I went online, and found that the local Micro Center down by Mission College was having a major sale on cases, and I got one for $59 which included a 450W power supply. It's a nice case, one of those with an acrylic window on the side, which is gravy. I'm mainly jazzed that it has room for 4 optical drives, 2 floppy drives, and 5 hard drives. I'll "only" have two DVD burners and a floppy drive, but may actually use all 5 hard drive slots. Maybe. There are 4 SATA drives in there now, a pair of 250GB drives RAIDed together to make a 500GB space for my photos and video captures, and pair of 120GB discs which are C: and D:. I started out with them being mirrored, but needed more space. And they are now 90% full each. So en route to me to replace or maybe add to them is a 400GB drive.
But I digress.
So I brought the new case home, and started thinking about how big a pain in the butt it is to change cases. Installing the drives and cards is a piece of cake, but the motherboard is named motherboard for a reason.
I may as well buy that new motherboard I've been thinking about.
The one which supports the new dual-core CPU
Which requires faster RAM
And requires a faster display card
And I just ordered a 400GB hard drive because my two 120GB drives C: and D: are both 90% full.
Monarch Computer has some pretty good prices on stuff, that's where I bought the drive, so I checked their prices on the other stuff:
|ASUS P5WD2 Premium Motherboard|
|Pentium 4 D 3GHz dual-core CPU|
|2GB DDR2 (667) 5300 RAM|
|400GB SATA WD HDD 16MB Cache 7200 RPM|
|Xion II Case w/450W P/S|
|ATI Clone 256MB PCI-E Display card|
To be fair to myself, it's "only" $782 more than I've already spent.
A similarly-equipped Dell PC would cost around $1400, but they throw in a couple of optical drives and an analog 19" flat screen monitor. I have all the drives I need and a nice Dell 19" digital flat screen monitor. And a 17" too, come to think of it.
On the other hand, I just spent $700 on a brake job.